Mumbai, March 23rd, 2018: Fortis Hospital’s in Mulund, Mahim and Navi Mumbaialong with the city’s Traffic Dept.organized a day-long initiative to commemorate World Head Injury Awareness Day, yesterday. The initiative was aimed at creating awareness amongst motorists and pedestrians about road safety, importance of usage of helmets & seatbelts, and most importantly, following lane discipline. Hon. Prakash Mansukh Sr. Police Inspector, Mulund, Traffic Dept., Hon. Satish Gaikwad, Sr. Police Inspector, Vashi, Traffic Deptand Hon. Ms. Neeta Phadke, Sr. Police Inspector, Mahim, led the initiative along with theirteam mates who along with Fortis’ team set post at major traffic junctions, together engaging over 1000 motorists and pedestrians.
The day long initiative was conducted at the Bandra and Mahim junctions, Shivaji Circle, Navi Mumbai and Bhandup-Sonapur &Nahur-Airoli junctions respectively. The team educated motorists about traffic rules and shared information about first aid, to equip motorists to tackle accidents. With the growing number of road accidents in the country, the initiative was a major push to create awareness as well as educate the public on how life threatening head injuries can be prevented by adopting safe riding practices. The use of seat belts as well as helmets plays a crucial role in preventing damage to the brain during accidents.
World Head Injury Awareness Day raises awareness about the impact of suffering head injuries, impacting the brain, thereby impacting quality of life of a person. Speaking about the initiative, Hon. Neeta Phadke, Sr. Police Inspector, Mahim, Traffic Dept.,Hon. Satish Gaikwad, Sr. Police Inspector, Vashi, Traffic Deptand Hon. Prakash Mansukh, Sr. Police Inspector, Mulund, Traffic Dept., together echoed, “The joint initiative was organized to help highlight that by following simple rules, incidences of road accidents can be reduced substantially”.
Speaking about the initiative and the gravity of injury especially to the brain and other vital organs, Dr. Chandrashekar Tulasigeri, Consultant Intensivist and HOD-Critical Care Department, Hiranandani Hospital Vashi-A Fortis Network Hospital, said, “All road traffic injuries are dangerous and life threatening and have to be evaluated by doctors immediately. According to a recent survey, 80% respondents said that it was the fear of police action and fines that motivated them to wear seatbelts – we see its implications every day! Ensuring that treatment is provided on priority is crucial; else it could leave the patient with life-long impairment”.
Dr Amit Nabar, Consultant-Critical Care, HOD-Accident and Emergency Medicine, SL Raheja Hospital-A Fortis Associate, said, “The most significant impact of any road traffic accidents are traumatic brain injuries. For e.g. If a person breaks his bones, they can still be fixed and he can resume a normal life, but with brain injuries the situation is not the same. It is one of the most life threatening and devastating incidents leading to severe outcomes. Following simple traffic rules can go a long way in reducing the number of road traffic accidents in our country”.
Dr Sandeep Gore,Consultant, HOD-Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said"Head injuries are generally seen more in men than woman; percentage of injuries being 70% in males and 30% in females. Road accident victims are generally in the age group of 15-45yrs, and are most commonly seen amongst youngsters. Thumb rule should be safety first, so one doesn’t drive without a helmet/ seatbelt. It is also imperative that we understand basic first aid, it will help manage a fatality till medical aid arrives”.Doctor’s at the hospital’s Emergency Room manage about 20-25 cases of Road Traffic Accidents, predominantly head injuries, every month.